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8:40 AM ET, September 29, 2011

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Chris Espinosa / cdespinosa's posterous:
Fire  —  I don't comment on Apple products or development here, but I'm absolutely fascinated by the Amazon Fire announcement today, and it has nothing to do with the iPad.  —  Lost in the “Is it an iPad Killer?” hype is the audacious introduction of the Silk browser.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Amazon's New Kindles  —  Kindle Fire  —  The Kindle Fire's slogan says it all: “All the content.  Ultra-fast web browsing.”  That's the best sort of marketing message: simple, appealing, and true.  Well, we'll see how fast their new cloud-boosted Silk browser is in practice, but the content part is undeniably true.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Analyst: Amazon is likely losing $50 per Kindle Fire  —  Apple, by contrast, is probably clearing a gross margin of 30% or more on each iPad  —  Kindle Fire.  Photo: Amazon  —  The Kindle Fire that Amazon (AMZN) introduced Wednesday is not a true competitor of Apple's (AAPL) iPad …
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Kindle Fire will be successful, but it's not an iPad killer
Discussion: PE Hub Blog, BGR and @dannysullivan
Chester Wisniewski / Naked Security:
Amazon Kindle Fire's Silk browser sounds privacy alarm bells
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Ice Cream Sandwich gets a two-minute tour, courtesy of a lucky eBay shopper (video)  —  The one Android update to rule them all — better known as Ice Cream Sandwich — is penciled in for an official launch sometime in the next two months, so it's only natural for some shots to leak out.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google And Samsung Announce October 11 Event: Nexus Prime Imminent  —  It looks like the wait for the elusive Nexus Prime may soon be over.  Samsung has just started sending out invites for a special Samsung/Google event that's being held on October 11 at 11:30 AM in San Diego.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Planets Are Aligned: Facebook's Spartan And iPad Projects Set To Launch Early Next Week  —  Earlier tonight, Alexia found and posted some screenshots of something that sure looked a lot like the mythical “Project Spartan”.  Shortly thereafter, Facebook took down the page in question.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
This Is Facebook's Project Spartan [Screenshots]  —  This Facebook mobile developers page is pretty interesting, first of all because it starts with a statistic, “350 million users access Facebook from a mobile device every month,” which was just released and then because it describes Facebook …
Discussion: VisionMobile and MacStories
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Amazon Announces $199 Kindle Fire Tablet, $149 Kindle touch 3G, $99 Kindle touch and $79 Kindle  —  Amazon today unveiled its long-rumored tablet: the Kindle Fire.  Based on Android, but with a custom-designed user interface, the Kindle tablet will cost $199 and go on sale on November 15.
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Barnes & Noble: $25 Off the Nook Color if You Leave Our Stock Price Alone!
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Amazon Tops 1 Million Kindle Books In Just Four Years
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Microsoft cements position as Android's patent toll collector  —  Summary: Microsoft is going to make money from almost every Android device shipped.  —  Samsung's move to license Microsoft patents for its Android devices means that the software giant as secured its position as toll collector …
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Samsung: We can't rely on Google, so we addressed Android IP issues on our own
Discussion: The Korea Times and SlashGear
Dennis Woodside / Google Public Policy Blog:
An update on our Motorola acquisition  —  Since we announced our plans to acquire Motorola Mobility, we've been excited about the positive reaction to the proposed deal — particularly from our partners who have told us that they're enthusiastic about our defense of the Android ecosystem.
David Meyer / ZDNet:
Autonomy: Oracle is ‘confused’ over supposed sale offer  —  Autonomy has struck back at Oracle's claims that Autonomy was trying to sell itself earlier this year, accusing Oracle of misrepresenting slides that came from a meeting in April.  —  Late on Wednesday, Oracle posted slides purporting …
Discussion: TechEye and Digits
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Oracle:
Another Whopper from Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch  —  Oracle issued the following statement:  —  “Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch continues to insist that Autonomy was never ‘shopped’ to Oracle.  But now at least he remembers and admits to meeting with Oracle President Mark Hurd and Doug Kehring, Oracle's head of M&A, this past April.
Caleb Garling / Wired:
Ex-NASA Man Squeezes Cloud Onto USB Stick  —  Yes, you can fit a cloud on a USB stick.  —  Founded by several of the brains who conceived OpenStack - the open source software platform for building Amazon-like “infrastructure clouds” - San Francisco startup Piston Cloud Computing has squeezed …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Steven Levy / Wired:
Inside Google Plus  —  For all of Google's successes, the company has an underwhelming track record when it comes to social networks.  Time after time, its attempts have been met with shrugs or downright hostility.  An early offering called Orkut languished in obscurity (unless you live in Brazil).
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
HP TouchPad Go details galore [exclusive]  —  So we've seen some FCC details from the 7-inch HP TouchPad Go and even got a few blurry cam photos out of China that revealed a good number of the specs (1.5GHz processor, 16GB storage, etc).  But are you ready for the full monty …
Kevin Fogarty / ITworld:
Cable company a la carte plan is more like a bait-and-switch  —  Charging the same for packages and extra for ESPN doesn't make cable ‘pick your own channels’  —  After years of fighting the idea of offering a la carte service- or product menus, cable TV operators (ISPs) …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
New iPhone 4 and iPod touch appear in Apple's inventory system  —  As Apple's October 4th event approaches, two of Apple's announcements have been revealed in Apple's internal inventory system.  The first is a new iPod touch.  Three new iPod touch models have appeared in the system with the codename N81A.
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Reddit users overwhelm Facebook with data requests  —  Summary: Reddit users appear to have flooded Facebook with personal data requests.  The social network has sent an e-mail to many of them saying it just can't keep up and they will have to wait.  —  Reddit users have flooded Facebook with personal data requests.
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:kashhill
Michael Arrington / UNCRUNCHED:
VentureBeat Needs To Put On Their Big Boy Pants If They Want To Fight With TechCrunch  —  VentureBeat leveled quite an accusation at TechCrunch this evening, claiming that they had evidence that suggested TechCrunch was trading stories for ad buys.  The evidence?
Sara Hamdan / New York Times:
All Aboard: Google Bus Seeks Start-Up Ideas  —  DUBAI — A bus branded with the Google logo will be traveling across 10 governorates in Egypt starting this week, including stops at universities in Cairo and Alexandria, scouting for the next generation of technology entrepreneurs with homegrown ideas on the scale of Facebook or LinkedIn.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
T-Mobile also files brief in support of Samsung against Apple  —  T-Mobile just submitted an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief in support of Samsung against Apple with respect to a possible US-wide preliminary injunction, along with  — a formal request for permission to be admitted to the proceedings as a third party and
 
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Nokia to cut 3500 jobs worldwide in strategic and cost-cutting shift
Sakthi Prasad / Reuters:
Nokia developing low-end phone operating system: report
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Bot @MrDisclosure Wants Investors To Disclose Conflicts In Tweets
Discussion: PC Magazine and Business Insider
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